Quincy Jones had an all-star 85th birthday tribute concert at The O2 in London on June 27, and now details have been announced for his 85th birthday tribute concert in the United States. Oprah Winfrey is hosting Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones, which will take place Sept. 25 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The performers are Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight, Meghan Trainor, John Legend, Patti Austin, Gloria Estefan, Charlie Wilson, Ledisi, Gregory Porter, Cynthia Erivo and Gladys Knight. Tickets are on sale at AXS.
As previously reported, plans are underway for the concert special to be televised, but the network airing the special is still in question. CBS passed on televising the special, citing "scheduling issues."
The concert will take place four days after the Netflix documentary "Quincy" premieres on Sept. 21. The movie, which had its world premiere on Sept. 9 at the Toronto International Film Festival, has gotten mostly good reviews.
The U.K. birthday tribute concert, titled Quincy Jones: A Life in Song, also got good reviews:The Evening Standard and The Guardian rated the show three out of five stars, while The Times of London rated it four out of five stars. The show had an orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley and featured mostly British artists performing songs that Jones has written or produced. Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall did a medley of "I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town" and "In the Heat of the Night." Paul Weller performed Matt Monro's "On Days Like These" from the 1969 film "The Italian Job." Mark Ronson presented his "Keep Reachin'" song from the "Quincy" documentary. Corinne Bailey Rae sang Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me," while Lalah Hathaway and Jacob Collier teamed up for Michael Jackson's "Human Nature." Other performers included Caro Emerald, Jess Glynne, Beverley Knight, Jonah Nilsson, Jack Savoretti and Andreas Varady. The performances took place in between radio personality Nic Harcourt interviewing Jones on stage. BBC Radio 2 broadcast the concert on July 13.
In 2013, Jones and actor Michael Caine (who were both born on March 14, 1933) had a joint 80th birthday celebration at MGM Grand in Las Vegas for Keep Memory Alive's 17th Power of Love Gala. The performers included Wonder, U2 lead singer Bono, Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Bebe Winans, Snoop Dogg, Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparks.
In other news about Jones, he has invested in the Jammcard social network/app, which Variety reports is being described as aiming to be like "LinkedIn for musicians" to connect professional musicians with each other on an invitation-only basis. Jammcard also hosts live events and has deals for original content with the Grammys and YouTube.